Buncranna Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Ballymacarry Secretary/Manager: Francis McGrory
Buncrana Captain: Kevin McDermot
Co. Donegal Lady Captain: Evelyn Smith
Telephone: 074-9320749 President: Paul Eccles
Public No: 074-9362279 Vice-Captain: Ciaran McLoughlin
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Founded: 1951 Designed by:  
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available. (20+)
Membership: 266 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €15 Clubhouse opening hours: 8.30am to 12.00pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €15 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €15 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €15 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: None
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends
Buggy Hire: No Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: Yes    


Course Description
Course Description:

The Course is situated overlooking the beautiful "White Strand" on the shores of Lough Swilly, this 9-hole course offers enjoyment to the highest handicaps yet presents a challenge to the most advance Golfers.With the clubhouse development now complete the club is now in a position to cater for golf outings and offer basic catering facilities at reasonable rates. Anyone interested in playing in open competitions, booking an outing or becoming a member should contact the club at 074-9362279.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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Club History
Club History

The Buncrana Golf Club has been in existence since 1890 and was formerly known as Buncrana Municipal Golf Club. In 1944 after the Buncrana Urban District Council purchased the property from the then English Landowner, the property was put in the trust of the Buncrana Municipal Golf Committee for the purpose of making Golf facilities available to the local community.The Buncrana Municipal Golf Club was affiliated to the Golfing Union of Ireland in 1951 and in 1995 the name of the club was changed to the Buncrana Golf Club. The committee are in the process of researching the history of the golf course and history would show that golf was first played in the early 1800's, which would make the club the oldest 9-hole golf club in Ireland.

In the early 70's the members of the club at the time took it upon themselves to construct a clubhouse, as the premises they had at the time were very outdated. The premises at the time were constructed out of tin frame with a wooden finish internally and on stormy days the sand from the shore would blow through the premises.

Members in the early 70's constructed the then new clubhouse on a voluntary basis in their spare time, members like M. Fitzpatrick, J. Doherty (W), J. Longwill (B), D. Hegarty, J. McGrory, (L) N. Doherty (S), J. McGrory and H. Doherty. This is only a few of the names involved at the time but it was the dedication and resolve of these members that ensured the existence and continuance of the clubhouse and golf course in general.

Over the years the club was very fortunate to enlist the services of some very hard working committee members who maintained the clubhouse and course to a high standard. One of these members, who went on to become the clubhouse caretaker in latter years was Neil Doherty (Sonny) who done a tremendous amount of work for the club and its members. Unfortunately Neil had to retire in 2001, but the club was extremely lucky to secure the services of Jim Doherty (W) as caretaker. Jim has managed to maintain the friendly welcome, which is always on offer to members and visitors to the Buncrana Golf Club.

In the late 90's like their predecessors in the past, the committee and the members of the Buncrana Golf Club decided that the clubhouse was now too small and the time was now right to bring the clubhouse into the 21st century. Although the clubhouse was "state of the art" back in the 70's as time would have it the facilities were now outdated and in need of upgrading. The new development would consist of new locker rooms, shower rooms, reception, function room and kitchen.

After various applications for grant aid and the continued rejection by the Departments and Ministers involved, the committee and members set about raising their own funds. The club ran two very successful prize draws which were very well supported by the local community and surrounding area. These draws raised enough revenue for the club to contemplate the clubhouse extension/refurbishment and in September 2000 the development started.

It may have taken slightly longer than anticipated to complete this development but it is a tremendous achievement to the committee, members and local community. Throughout this development the club has managed to maintain operations and even extend its member base and cater for the visiting golfers to the area, which in itself is no mean feat.

The Buncrana Golf Club is community based golfing facility and is somewhat unique and different to other golf clubs as it offers a golfing facility to all at inexpensive rates. As a 9-hole course it caters for all types of golfers from the beginner to the most advanced and even boasts a Special Olympic Gold Medal Winner, in Mr. Oliver Doherty.

The Buncrana Golf Club has produced some very fine golfers, as a lot of juveniles are attracted by our juvenile policy. A lot of these juveniles remain with the club into later years and indeed help the club to various successes in inter-club competition.

The senior members of the club participate at inter-county and inter-club level and on their day they are formidable opposition for any club. Indeed the club has various successes at inter-club level by winning the Donegal senior-league and Donegal minor-league on various occasions.

There is some confusion about the origin of Buncrana golf club. The present clubs was formed in 1951. The Derry Journal, on 3rd July, 1891, states "The Ladies have not been forgotten in the arrangements, as immediately adjacent to the Railway Station, at Buncrana, an exceedingly good nine-hole course has been laid out." The Sportsman's Holiday Guide, 1897, reports "Northwest Ladies Golf Club". The links of this club are at Buncrana. The course is a nine-hole one, and a distance around, is about a mile and is of a very sporting nature. It is a natural one and the turf somewhat similar to the "Lisfannon Green".

Members Achievements

Oliver Doherty won a Special Olympic Gold Medal at Portmarnock Links Hotel and Golf Course in 2004.

Margaret McColgan and Pat Ferry qualified for the National Finals of Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ladies Golf Challenge at Druid Glen on 21st August 2001.

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Name Hole No White Par Index Red Par Index
The Gate 1 256 4 7 256 4 7
Strangor 2 145 3 15 145 3 15
The Valley 3 220 3 9 212 4 9
Black Rock 4 161 3 11 161 3 11
Milburn 5 326 4 3 326 4 3
The Pier 6 117 3 13 117 3 13
Centre 7 306 4 5 306 4 5
Calamity 8 351 4 1 339 5 1
The Colonel's 9 87 3 17 95 3 17
  Out 1,969 31   1,934 33  
The Gate 10 256 4 8 256 4 8
Stranagor 11 145 3 16 145 3 16
The Valley 12 220 3 10 212 4 10
Black Rock 13 161 3 12 161 3 12
Milburn 14 326 4 4 326 4 4
The Pier 15 117 3 14 117 3 14
Centre 16 306 4 6 293 4 6
Calamity 17 351 4 2 339 5 2
The Colonel's 18 87 3 18 87 3 18
  In 1,969 31   1,934 33  
  Total 3,938 62   3,868 66  
  SSS 60     64    

Roll of Honour
Jean Fitzpatrick 1991 Ladies Captain
Bridie O'Donnell 1992 Ladies Captain
Margaret McNutt 1993 Ladies Captain
Margaret McColgan 1994 Ladies Captain
Anna Irwin 1995 Ladies Captain
Pat Ferry 1996 Ladies Captain
Evelyn Nelson 1997 Ladies Captain
Mary Campbell 1998 Ladies Captain
Mary Flanagan 1999 Ladies Captain
Nuala Mallon 2000 Ladies Captain
Caroline Lavelle 2001 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Eileen Moyne 2002 Ladies Captain
Evlyn Nelson 2003 Ladies Captain
Anne Deeney 2004 Ladies Captain
Helen White 2005 Ladies Captain
Jonnae Harkin 2006 Ladies Captain
Sheila Reid 2007 Ladies Captain
Michael McLaughlin 1990 Men's Captain
Alan Harkens 1991 Men's Captain
Sean Long 1992 Men's Captain
Martin McLaughlin 1993 Men's Captain
Brian Grant 1994 Men's Captain
Eddie Fitzpatrick 1995 Men's Captain
James I. Doherty 1996 Men's Captain
John McCracken 1997 Men's Captain
James S. Doherty 1998 Men's Captain
Des McBride 1999 Men's Captain
Cormac Doherty 2000 Men's Captain
P. J. Hallinan 2001 Men's Captain
Liam McColgan 2002 Men's Captain
Denis Doherty 2003 Men's Captain
Frankie Fletcher 2004 Men's Captain
Paul Eccles 2005 Men's Captain
Gerry McLaughlin 2006 Men's Captain
Jim Fletcher 2007 Men's Captain
Eddie Fitzpatrick 1990 President
Eddie Fitzpatrick 1991 President
Eddie Fitzpatrick 1992 President
John McCracken 1993 President
John McCracken 1994 President
John McCracken 1995 President
Sean Long 1996 President
Sean Long 1997 President
Tony Gill 1998 President
Tony Gill 1999 President
James S. Doherty 2000 President
James S. Doherty 2001 President
James Doherty 2002 President
James Doherty 2003 President
James Doherty 2004 President
P. J. Hallinan 2005 President
P. J. Hallinan 2006 President
Liam McColgan 2007 President
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